National Council Auditions
Applicants may choose to enter any District audition across the
country regardless of whether they are a resident of the area.
District winners must compete in the Region Finals of the Region in
which they were District winners. Because we allow singers to
audition in the National Council District of their choice, there
will be certain unavoidable instances when a panel includes a judge
with a connection to one or more contestants. While we work to avoid
this situation, please be assured that judges are required to recuse
themselves from deliberations about singers with whom they have
Application deadlines for the National Council Auditions are
determined by local Districts and Regions. Please refer to the Regional
Contact Information section
for the audition dates and deadlines for your area. District
auditions usually occur October through February with the winners
advancing to the Region Finals, which are generally held during the
same months. The National Semi-Finals and Grand Finals Concert will
take place in New York City at the Metropolitan Opera House in the
spring on the following dates:
|For the 2012-2013 season:
|Arrival in New York for Semi-Finalists
||Thursday, February 28, 2013
||Sunday, March 3, 2013
|National Grand Finals Concert
||Sunday, March 10, 2013
For information about audition dates & deadlines and who to contact
in your area, please refer to the Regional
Contact Information section
of this site.
Please contact the National Council office with any questions at:
The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions
New York, New York 10023
Applications must include the following
Completed application form and Governing Regulations form with
candidate's signature. Unsigned applications will not be
Photocopy of birth certificate or other legal proof of age such
as a driver’s license or passport.
Non-refundable application fee of $30.00 (U.S. Funds only) in
the form of a check made out to MONC/YOUR DISTRICT. Please
confirm with your local contact person how you should make out
A résumé and (optional) 8X10 photo.
Foreign applicants (those who are not citizens of the United
States or Canada) must provide proof of one-year residency or
proof of full-time enrollment in a college or university in the
United States or Canada.
Please retain a copy of your completed application, including the
signed Governing Regulations, for your records.
Where to send your application:
Please send your completed application to the appropriate Region or
District contact person listed under Regional
Contact Information. Do not send your application to the
National Council Auditions office at the Metropolitan Opera. Your
application will not be accepted at that location.
Recordings and videotapes may not take the place of a live audition.
Please do not include them with your application.
You may download the 2011-2012
MONC Application, which you may read and print inAdobe
Acrobat Reader. Please note that this application is
formatted to print on letter size (8 1/2 x 11") paper.